Bluefield University in the News


by | Jan 20, 2011

Bluefield College is looking for a few good voices.

The college’s Masterworks Chorale will begin rehearsals in preparation for its spring choral presentation, and, as always, community residents are invited to be a part of the college/community choir.

Masterworks rehearsals will take place on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Shott Hall A&B, beginning Monday, January 24, in preparation for the group’s spring performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem.”

Masterworks will join with BC’s select student voice ensemble, Variations, and the adult choir from Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, to perform “Requiem” on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Harman Chapel.

“This is a glorious seven-movement work written by Brahms,” said Dr. Barbara Hudson, assistant professor of music and director of BC’s Masterworks Chorale. “It is one of the most deeply spiritual outpourings of the Christian faith ever written with regard to death and the afterlife.”

In addition to the combination of community and college voices, the Masterworks performance in April will feature a full orchestra.

Membership in Masterworks is open to anyone from the ninth grade to adult “who loves to sing, can match pitch, and blend with a group,” said Dr. Hudson said. No audition is required. Musical scores will be available at the first rehearsal. A small fee may be requested for the cost of music.

“I hope to see everyone back with us again this spring, along with lots of new faces for another great time of music-making,” said Dr. Hudson. “It’s been such a blessing to watch Masterworks grow, not just numerically, but also musically, but we need continued community participation to help sustain and build on that growth.”

Masterworks Chorale is a non-auditioned chorus composed of voices from both the college family and the community. The group performs classic choral works in concerts in both the winter and spring.

For more information, please contact the Bluefield College Department of Music by phone at 276-326-4258, or by e-mail at [email protected].

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